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Tamil Nadu's Cumbum Grapes Secure Coveted GI Tag

In January 2023, a group of growers applied for the Geographical Indication (GI) label for 'Cumbum Panneer Thratchai', a grape variety from Tamil Nadu, India. Now this variety has got recognition with GI label.

Shivam Dwivedi
Tamil Nadu's Cumbum Grapes Secure Coveted GI Tag
Tamil Nadu's Cumbum Grapes Secure Coveted GI Tag

Cumbum grapes just received the Geographical Indication (GI) label. This is the famous Cumbum Panneer Thratchai from Tamil Nadu, commonly known as Cumbum grapes. Additionally, Malai Poondu from Kodaikanal, Srivilliputtur Palkova and Palani Panchamirtham have also been awarded the GI tag.

The Cumbum valley, located in Tamil Nadu's Western Ghats, is regarded as the "Grapes City of South India" and grows the Panneer Thratchai. This variety, sometimes known as Muscat Hamburg, accounts for over 85% of the grape-growing areas in Tamil Nadu.

Theni district is one of Panneer Thratchai's highest grape-producing locations. However, the 'Panneer' type is most closely linked with Cumbum Valley, where the agricultural area spans over 2,000 acres across ten villages. The Cumbum region's agroclimate and soil conditions are ideal for the cultivation of the Muscat varietal.

This cultivar is well-known for its rapid development and maturity. This ensures that the produce is available on the market nearly all year. The land's rich soil and water are considered to enhance the flavour of the natural fruit.

Grape bunches range in size from medium to large and are compact in nature. The grapes grown can be used to make wine, spirits, jams, canned grape juice, and raisins.

A French monk brought the Panneer grapes to Tamil Nadu in 1832. These grapes are high in vitamins, tartaric acid, and antioxidants, and they help to lower the risk of some chronic diseases. Apart from their purplish-brown color, they are also noted for their exceptional taste.

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